How can I back up on external drive?

midan
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I have Dell PC running windows 10. I use the windows back up and restore software for backing up on external drive. But this has not been upgraded since Windows 7.

Now I have updated Windows 10 I can no long get the back up to work. I need to find a different way now that Microsoft do not provide technical support on this.  Any ideas please for continuing to be able to back up on the external drive?

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Iamthecreator OMIT/EE Solution Guide

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Have a look at the following article from MS

Backup and Restore in Windows 10
https://support.microsoft.com/en-sg/help/4027408/windows-10-backup-and-restore

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That is how I did it but it has stopped working following installing updates. Is there a way to undo the problem?  When doing the backup it fails and there is a message that the disk is write protected .
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Another possibility that is very flexible is Sync Back Pro (2brightsparks.com) .  You can set it to schedule and back up the particular folders and files you wish.  I use this.
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if you are looking to take an image backup for the entire system then i recommend Macrium Reflect 7
it is free image/restore software, boot from its CD then take full image for system drive and/or all drives, use the same CD to restore the image.
The image backup is stored in one single file.
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John
Is Sync Back Pro software for allowing back up on external disk or a back up in cloud? I am using Carbonite but I still want a further backup on the external drive including a disk image which is a great facility for restoring.

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Thanks Suhaib that is more like what I am looking for. Let me check it out . Does it back up files as well like I was doing?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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It certainly allows backup to an external drive.  you would need a secure connection to backup in the cloud. I have only used this software for external or attached drives.

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Thanks John. Does it do system image?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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No. Sync Back Pro is File and Folder backup and synchronization. It is not backup image software.

You need the solution above (Macrium) or something like Acronis.
SuhaibIT specialist

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Hi midan
yes Macrium can do files and folders backup.
noxchoIT Product Manager
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There other tool which do system backup and they are free: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free for example: https://www.paragon-software.com/free/br-free/
Install it configure a system image creation to usb drive and let it either run immediately or on schedule.

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What is the tool that comes closest to replicating the windows backup and restore? I will miss it.
noxchoIT Product Manager
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Backup & Recovery Free which I gave the link to. It uses also pvhd format which can be also mounted in Windows.
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i also use paragon software; there are several other free tools too if you need them

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